Some may point to Vegas as being one of the toughest places in the NHL to play.
Some of it is about the city of Las Vegas itself which can tempt players to stay out late and not be in tip-top shape for playing hockey once the puck is dropped in Sin City. Some of it is about the Golden Knights being a quality team, of course. They’ve made the playoffs in each season of their three-year existence to this point.
Some of it also about the lively, loud atmosphere of T-Mobile Arena where the Golden Knights play on the Vegas Strip, a game presentation that lives up to a Vegas show atmosphere and features some pretty unique fan engagement.
To that end, Brad Marchand didn’t sound all that impressed when asked about it in a NESN pregame interview Tuesday night ahead of the Bruins-Golden Knights tilt.
“It’s exciting to be here, it’s a lot of fun to play in this building,” said Brad Marchand to NESN’s Sophia Jurksztowicz at the Bruins bench just before the puck dropped. “It’s loud, it’s electric. But they just have louder speakers than everybody else. That’s all it is.”
To be fair, the Golden Knights have been one of the top draws in the league after a brilliant opening season and their crowd is loud, active and into the games despite being new to the sport.
There’s no doubt the speakers are extra loud in Vegas, but this may be another example of the Bruins bad boy making some enemies with an opposing fan base by speaking his Black and Gold truth.
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